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Nerds Without Pants Special: All About Bravely Default

This one's for you, asrealasitgets!

Well, we're a man down this week, but instead of leaving you lovely listeners hanging, Julian and Angelo have a special edition of Nerds Without Pants just for you. Yes, you! Come back next week for a bonus episode of NWP, followed by your regularly scheduled Panstless Ones. It's three weeks of rambling!

The topic of this special is the highly regarded Square Enix RPG: Bravely Default. Julian hasn't had a chance to play the game proper, so he spends some time asking Angelo about the details. Don't worry, though--this episode is pretty much spoiler free. Angelo gets into the nuts and bolts of the game mechanics, Julian rants about his mangled Collector's Edition (thanks, Obama Amazon!), and there's plenty of Final Fantasy sidebars.

The duo closes things out by talking about Angelo's sneaky project to turn his wife into a hardcore JRPG fanatic. Of course, it wouldn't be an RPG podcast without some gushing over the game's soundtrack. That's about it! Be sure to check out Erika Szabo's video review, and come back next week for the assembled trio.




02/21/2014 at 03:28 PM

That mangled box is awful.

Loving this game though. Just finishing up chapter 3. Damn that Fire Temple boss. Never used so many Phoenix Downs in my life.


02/21/2014 at 06:25 PM

Good luck converting your beau into an rpg fan,Angelo! lol. If it means anything, I find women gravitate towards rpgs naturally. Probably because the stories tend to be more complex and many rpgs also have romantic sub-plots in one way or another. In general women really appreciate good writing and good character development. Annoying tropes aside, few genres excel at that quite like rpgs do!


02/22/2014 at 08:33 AM

I ended up picking up Rune Factory 4 the week before Bravely Default.  That is the only game that I have played since picking it up, but haven't put much more than 4 hours into it in the past three weeks.  I don't really remember the last time that this has happened.  

With a lot of people talking up Bravely Default, I really want to play the game.  So, thanks more making that desire even stronger. 


02/22/2014 at 07:45 PM

Like this game a lot, just so much fun messing around with the different jobs.


02/23/2014 at 06:08 AM

Really great podcast guys! I haven't had a chance to buy Bravely yet, but I tend to try out games away from release dates to avoid hype and form my own opinion. Looking at you Lightning Returns! Undecided Some of the regular podcasts I listen too plan on discussing the game on a weekly basis because it is long and people tend to progress through the game with diffent completion rates. I can't wait for the Final Fantasy podcast, at least I think I heard it mentioned on this podcast. Since Lightning Returns is out, and A Realm Reborn and X HD coming out soon, I'd say it's a good time to reflect on the main series. Although Realm Reborn is an MMO, so maybe it doesn't count. 

I wouldn't mind if you had a list of games the staff is playing for podcasts posted ahead of time so we can play along and submit questions. Just a thought.  

Julian Titus Senior Editor

02/23/2014 at 12:43 PM

Yeah, with Square Enix frontloading the year with basically four Final Fantasy releases (I'm lumping Bravely Default and A Realm Reborn in there), I thought it was high time we did a proper Final Fantasy cast. Because apparently doing an exhaustive series-wide retrospective wasn't enough to get FF talk out of my system.

That's an interesting thought. I know we encourage people to play along with us on Backloggers (that's kind of the whole point), but it might be cool to get a list of what we're going to talk about out there before we record. To be honest we usually don't let each other know what we've been playing until we start the show, unless it's a big game that most or all of us can talk about. I know the episode next week will have more Bravely Default, me ripping into Lightning Returns, and Patrick has Titanfall, Lego Marvel Superheroes, Elder Scrolls Online, and a ton more.


02/23/2014 at 03:30 PM

Looks like a good lineup. I'd like to keep up with the games covered in backlogger so I can interact with the site a bit more. I like playing old games.

Angelo Grant Staff Writer

02/26/2014 at 02:12 PM

Well, we're doing Alundra next, so if you like old games, that's a good one :p


02/26/2014 at 05:09 PM

Im game. I always wanted to play that game. 

Jamie Alston Staff Writer

03/06/2014 at 02:56 PM

Good to know.  I really think you'll dig the next Backloggers and playing Alundra.


02/23/2014 at 12:53 PM

Is it just me, or does anyone else think Ringabel sounds like Stewie? :D

Angelo Grant Staff Writer

02/26/2014 at 02:12 PM

Quick correction: The barge I referenced being in San Francisco bay is owned by Google, not Amazon:

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